Tamara Tulich


  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Tamara Tulich is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Western Australia, and a founding member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Community Justice Centre. Tamara researches and publishes in the areas of preventive justice, anti-terror lawmaking and indefinite detention regimes. She is co-editor of the collection Regulating Preventive Justice (Routledge, 2017) (with Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Simon Bronitt and Sarah Murray) and a co-author of the monograph, Decolonising Justice for Aboriginal Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Routledge, 2021) (with Harry Blagg, Robyn Williams (Noongar), Raewyn Mutch (Ngai Tahu), Suzie May, Dorothy Badry & Michelle Stewart). An article Tamara co-authored with Harry Blagg and Suzie May, ‘Aboriginal youth with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and enmeshment in the Australian justice system: Can an intercultural form of restorative justice make a difference?’, was awarded the 'Best Academic Article on Restorative Justice 2020' by the European Society of Criminology's Restorative Justice Working Group. 

Tamara regularly comments in the media on her areas of expertise and has been called before parliamentary and other inquiries to speak to submissions on Australia’s anti-terror laws and indefinite detention regimes. Prior to joining UWA in 2014, Tamara was a PhD candidate and Nettheim Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and a member of the ARC Laureate Fellowship project ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’ in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Tamara previously practiced as a solicitor at the Mental Health Advocacy Service at NSW Legal Aid and served as Associate to Chief Justice Higgins AO of the ACT Supreme Court.

Funding overview

2022-2026, Dr Tamara Tulich, ARC DECRA, 'The Australian Preventive Justice Project' $445, 125

2018-2020, Professor Harry Blagg, Dr Tamara Tulich, ANROWS, 'Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence' $284, 836

2017-2019, Professor Harry Blagg, Dr Tamara Tulich, Dr Jade Lindley, Dr Joe Clare, Ms Dorinda Cox (Noongar), WA Police Service, 'Over-representation of Aboriginal Persons in Police Custody and Diversionary Alternatives', $133, 600

2017, Professor Harry Blagg, Dr Tamara Tulich, Dr Raewyn Mutch (Ngāi Tahu), Dr Victoria Hovane (Ngarluma, Jaru & Gooniyandi), Department of Health (Commonwealth), 'FASD and the Criminal Justice System', $60,000

2016-2018, Associate Professor Natalie Skead, Associate Professor Hilde Tubex, Associate Professor Sarah Murray, Dr Tamara Tulich, Australian Institute of Criminology, Criminology Research Grants 2016-17, ‘Pocketing the Proceeds of Crime: The Legislation, Criminological Perspectives and Experience’, $53,786

2015/16, Prof Harry Blagg, Dr Tamara Tulich, Australian Institute of Criminology, Criminology Research Grants 2014-15, ‘Developing Diversionary Pathways for Indigenous Youth with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Three Community Study in Western Australia’, $47, 883

2014, Dr Tamara Tulich, Dr Catherine Kelly, UWA Improving Student Learning Grant, 'The Development of Digital Film Resources to Enhance Student Learning in LAWS1111, Law Conflict and Change', $2950

Teaching overview

Tamara teaches Law, Conflict and Change, and Foundations of Public Law.

Tamara has previously coordinated Foundations of Law and Governance, and Investigating Law and Society, and lectured in Gender and the Law, and Law, Crime and Public Policy. She has also taught Principles of Public Law at the University of New South Wales.


Tamara's key research interests are: legal responses to terrorism, mental health law, prevention and criminal justice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Council Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law

2020 → …

Advisory Council Member, AUS-NZ Chapter, International Society of Public Law: ICON-S

2020 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Anti-Terrorism Law
  • Preventive Justice
  • Health Law
  • Health Law/ Mental Health
  • Anti-terrorism law
  • Mental health law
  • Prevention and criminal justice


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